The Junior Varsity Water Polo season at Mount Saint Joseph started off strong with a scrimmage tournament at McDonogh, with the team taking notching victories over both McDonogh and Landon. Two weeks later, the Gaels played their first league game against McDonogh beating them 16 to 6. After the strong start to the season the Gaels went on to not only win every game they played but also doubled the opposing teams score each time. The boys continued their streak all the way until their second meeting with the Gilman School. In the first half, the boys struggled to hold off Gilman’s superior outside shooting and let Gilman hold a dramatic lead that the Gaels could not recover from in the second half.
After their one, and only defeat by Gilman, the boys rallied themselves for the MIAA Championship. This game is where the Gaels would get the chance to exact their revenge on Gilman for their earlier defeat. At the end of the first quarter, it did not look good for Saint Joe as the Greyhounds put a 2 to 1 lead on them. By the end of the half, MSJ pulled back ahead and carried that lead all the way to the final buzzer with the final score, MSJ – 8 to Gilman – 6. Freshman Edward DeMaria was the high point for the game with three goals followed by Alexander Chairs with two. In addition, freshman Wesley Reising and sophomores Zane Miklasz and Patrick Bauer scored goals. The defensive side was led by Cole Hite in goal and Edward DeMaria defending set. After the game, captains Cole Hite and Alexander Chairs were presented with a plaque declaring Mount Saint Joseph as the 2018 MIAA Champions!
Congratulations to the 2018 JV Water Polo team for their successful season. Check out photos from the Championship Match, photos courtesy of Ms. Ellen Quinn.